Hawk seen and 4 hens missing!
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They might be hiding. That hawk would have to work pretty fast to get 4 hens. BUT, if he had all afternoon to do it, he maybe could have. My chickens are pretty dumb. I had one of my 5 get taken by a bob cat. 10 seconds later, the other 4 hens were back to pecking bugs in the grass. I would wait till nightfall to see if they come back. I know what this feels like, and its not fun.
P.S. Welcome to the forum!
Edited by chixcoop - 11/16/15 at 12:32pm
All home safe and sound. Apparently three were able to fly into my barn (where a weasel has taken up residence, from the pot into the fire so to speak, but they survived) and the forth appeared after dusk from deep in the forest! Tomorrow the run is getting a wire roof! Any other suggestions?
Great! So glad they're alright! For our coop, we have a roof, hardware cloth going around the bottom perimeter of the coop about 2 feet high (twisty tied to the regular chicken wire), and cinder blocks going into the ground to prevent animals from digging into the coop. If you don't have the cinder blocks, you can just put large rocks around the perimeter of the base of the coop, or even cinder blocks on top of the grass around the coop. The reason why we have hardware cloth (chicken wire with really small squares) is because coons and other animals can't chew through that.